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Becoming a Graduate Music Major

 

An application to all Master of Music programs requires an application to the Graduate College and an application to the School of Music. The application to the School of Music includes an audition or portfolio review and an interview with the Graduate Studies coordinator or area coordinator.

In order to ensure full consideration for Graduate College scholarships, music scholarships, and graduate assistantships, applicants must have all Graduate College documents on-file by January 15 and the audition or portfolio review completed by February 1.

Applicants who submit their materials and/or complete their audition or portfolio review after February 1 will receive consideration as School of Music funding is available.

Preparing your Graduate College and School of Music Applications

Step 1 - Apply to the Graduate College

All applicants must apply to the Graduate College prior to beginning the School of Music application. The application to the Graduate College involves:

  • Completing an application form (including fee) through Graduate Application Management System.
  • Activating your NetID
  • Submitting the following documents:
    • Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions;
    • Statement of Purpose;
    • Résumé;
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation;
    • English Proficiency (TOEFL) - international students only
  • If applying for a MM - Music degree, please see instructions and requirements on the Graduate College MUSIC page.
  • If applying for a MM - Music Education degree, please see instructions and requirements on the Graduate College MUSIC EDUCATION page. Note, the Kodály concentration is not accepting applications at this time.
  • If an International student, please see the Graduate College International Student Information page for additional requirements.

Step 2 - Apply to the School of Music and Submit an Audition Request or Portfolio

Submit the School of Music application and Audition Request or Portfolio through Acceptd. Please open the tab for the selected concentration to see all required materials. Click the button below when ready to submit.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the TXST School of Music must conduct the October 24 and November 14 auditions via media upload. Please upload the materials for specific instrument/voice part as indicated on the Audition Requirements. Vocal applicants must still submit the required pre-screen uploads. The faculty will review pre-screen materials and determine which students will move to the audition stage for a complete audition review. The Graduate or area coordinator will schedule Zoom or phone interviews with applicants whose audition materials are approved by the applied faculty. Some applied faculty will schedule Zoom aural assessments and/or meet & greets on the audition dates. Applicants will be contacted via Acceptd with more details within two days of the selected audition date. 

Spring auditions on February 6 and March 6 are currently scheduled on campus. In-person auditions are preferred; however, if auditioning in person is not possible due to geographic distance from campus (out-of-state/international), applicants may select Media Only from the audition date menu in Acceptd. A recorded video of the audition of the materials for the instrument/voice part as specified in the Audition Requirements. The video audition is uploaded on the Media tab in Acceptd prior to submitting the application.

NOTE: The audition/portfolio requirement will remain incomplete in the Graduate College until the faculty committee has completed their review.

Audition Requirements

Select music based on the Audition Requirements for the primary instrument, voice part, or area indicated in your application.

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  • Submit your online Portfolio through Acceptd. Applicants may apply for our summer only program, or our 2-year program that includes fall and spring semester coursework.

    • Required Uploads
      • A current resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
      • Portfolio documents
        • A video or unlisted YouTube video recording of a 20-minute demonstration of teaching skills in a normal music classroom setting or rehearsal (do not submit a concert performance).
        • A copy of your State music teacher certification or licensure and evidence of two years of successful classroom music teaching (for example, teacher evaluation forms from your administrator, performance evaluations such as UIL. adjudicator forms, or awards). Applicants for the Kodály concentration may request a waiver for the two-year teaching requirement.
        • An essay describing your philosophy of teaching.

     

    All interested applicants should contact Dr. John Denis (j_d526@txstate.edu) with questions about studies in music education at Texas State University.

     

    Applications accepted until June 15th as space allows.

    Note, the Kodály concentration is not accepting any applications at this time.

  • Submit your online Portfolio through Acceptd. Applications accepted for students to begin in a fall semester only.

    • Required Uploads
      • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. Pi Kappa Lambda), and any work/volunteer experience. 
      • Portfolio documents
        • Two to three scores of original music as PDF’s or Sibelius files (Media tab) with recordings (if available).
        • One additional work without a notated score (electronic music, non-notated music, film scores) will be considered as a complement to notated scores. Include a short description of the work as context for faculty members reviewing your portfolio.

     

    We will provide results of your portfolio review as soon as possible. Interviews for approved applicants will be arranged with the area coordinator.

     

    All interested applicants should contact Dr. Michael Ippolito (mli11@txstate.edu) with questions about studies in composition at Texas State University.

     

    Applications accepted until June 15th as space allows.

  • Submit your online pre-screen video through Acceptd. All conducting programs are 2-year programs that include fall and spring semester coursework. 

    • Required Uploads & Deadlines
      • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. Pi Kappa Lambda), and any work/volunteer experience. 
      • Pre-screen documents
        • Choral 
          • Video demonstrating rehearsal techniques and two pieces demonstrating your conducting for the entire piece with the camera focused on you, the conductor.
          • Application Deadline: December 15, 2020
        • Instrumental – Band
          • 20 – 30-minute video of yourself conducting an ensemble or various ensembles. The video must be taken from the players point of view (front view of you as the conductor). Ideally, the video will include both rehearsal and performance footage, however, both are not required.
          • Application Deadline: November 23, 2020
        • Instrumental – Orchestral
          • 20 – 30-minute video of yourself conducting an orchestra or string ensemble. The video must be taken from the players point of view (front view of conductor). Ideally, the video will include both rehearsal and performance footage, however, both are not required.
          • Application Deadline: December 15, 2020

     

    We will provide results of your pre-screening as soon as possible. Live auditions/interviews for approved applicants will be arranged with the area coordinator as follows:

    • Choral = February 8, 2021
    • Band = The week of January 25th, 2021
    • Orchestral = The week of November 20th, 2020 & the week of February 22, 2021

     

    All interested choral applicants should contact Dr. Jonathan Babcock (jb211@txstate.edu) with questions about studies in choral conducting at Texas State University.

     

    All interested instrumental - band applicants should contact Dr. Caroline Beatty (cb57@txstate.edu) with questions about studies in band conducting at Texas State University.

     

    All interested instrumental - orchestral applicants should contact Dr. Jacob Harrison (jgh111@txstate.edu) with questions about studies in orchestral conducting at Texas State University.

     

    Applications accepted until June 15th as space allows.

  • Submit your online Portfolio through Acceptd

    • Required Uploads
      • Portfolio document(s)
        • A research paper or sample of scholarly writing in Microsoft Word or PDF.

     

    All interested applicants should contact Dr. Ludim Pedroza (lp27@txstate.edu) with questions about studies in music history and literature at Texas State University.

     

    Applications accepted until July 15th as space allows.

  • Submit your online Portfolio through Acceptd

    • Required Uploads
      • Portfolio documents
        • A research paper or sample of scholarly writing in Microsoft Word or PDF.
        • A composition or pastiche writing (optional).

     

    All interested applicants should contact Dr. Cynthia Gonzales (cg34@txstate.edu) or Dr. Nico Schüler (ns13@txstate.edu) with questions about studies in music theory at Texas State University.

     

    Applications accepted until July 15th as space allows.

  • Submit your online Audition request through Acceptd. Your application is due three weeks prior to your selected audition date (see below). Live auditions are preferred; however, if auditioning in person is not possible due to geographic distance from campus (out-of-state/international), select Media Only as your audition date. Then, attach a recorded video audition of the materials required by your instrument (see step 3) to your Audition application – media tab. Applications are for students to begin applied studies in a fall or spring semester only.

    Audition dates and application submission deadlines:

    Saturday, October 24 --> Applications Due: October 3

    Saturday, November 14 --> Applications Due: October 24

    Saturday, February 6 --> Applications Due: January 16

    Saturday, March 6 --> Applications Due: February 15

     

    • Required Uploads
      • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. Pi Kappa Lambda), and any work/volunteer experience. 

     

    If you have any questions about the jazz program at Texas State, contact Dr. Utah Hamrick (ulh1@txstate.edu).

  • Submit your online Audition request through Acceptd. Your application is due three weeks prior to your selected audition date (see below). Live auditions are preferred; however, if auditioning in person is not possible due to geographic distance from campus (out-of-state/international), select Media Only as your audition date. Then, attach a recorded video audition of the materials required by your instrument/voice part (see step 3) to your Audition application – media tab. Applications are for students to begin applied study in a fall or spring semester only.

     

    Audition dates and application submission deadlines:

    Saturday, October 24 --> Applications Due: October 3

    Saturday, November 14 --> Applications Due: October 24

    Saturday, February 6 --> Applications Due: January 16

    Saturday, March 6 --> Applications Due: February 15

     

    • Required Uploads
      • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. Pi Kappa Lambda), and any work/volunteer experience. 

     

    If you have any questions about the Latin Music Studies program at Texas State, contact Mr. John Lopez (jl18@txstate.edu).

  • Submit your online Audition request through Acceptd. Your application is due three weeks prior to your selected audition date (see below). Live auditions are preferred; however, if auditioning in person is not possible due to geographic distance from campus (out-of-state/international), select Media Only as your audition date. Then, attach a recorded video audition of the materials required by your instrument/voice part (see step 3) to your Audition application – media tab. Applications are for students to begin applied study in a fall or spring semester only.

     

    Audition dates and application submission deadlines:

    Saturday, October 24 --> Applications Due: October 3

    Saturday, November 14 --> Applications Due: October 24

    Saturday, February 6 --> Applications Due: January 16

    Saturday, March 6 --> Applications Due: February 15

     

    • Required Uploads
      • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. Pi Kappa Lambda), and any work/volunteer experience. 

     

    If you have any questions about the Latin Music Studies program at Texas State University, contact Mr. John Lopez (jl18@txstate.edu).

  • Submit your online Audition request through Acceptd. Your application is due three weeks prior to your selected audition date. Live auditions are preferred; however, if auditioning in person is not possible due to geographic distance from campus (out-of-state/international), select Media Only as your audition date. Then, attach a recorded video audition of the materials required by your instrument/voice part (see step 3) to your Audition application – media tab. Applications are for students to begin in a fall or spring semester only.

     

    Audition dates and application submission deadlines:

    Saturday, October 24 --> Applications Due: October 3

    Saturday, November 14 --> Applications Due: October 24

    Saturday, February 6 --> Applications Due: January 16

    Saturday, March 6 --> Applications Due: February 15

     

    • Required Uploads
      • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. Pi Kappa Lambda), and any work/volunteer experience. 
      • Vocalists: A pre-screen video(s) (uploaded to the Media tab). Pre-screen video requirements can be found on the Audition Requirements link (see step 3). Pre-screening results will be communicated via Acceptd as soon as possible. Approved applicants will be invited to audition live on the date selected.

     

    Direct all questions about the audition requirements or the degree plan to the faculty member notated under the audition requirements specific to your instrument or voice part.

  • Submit your online Audition request through Acceptd. Your application is due three weeks prior to your selected audition date (see below). Live auditions are preferred; however, if auditioning in person is not possible due to geographic distance from campus (out-of-state/international), select Media Only as your audition date. Then, attach a recorded video audition of the materials required by your voice part (see step 3) to your Audition application – media tab. Applications are for students to begin in a fall or spring semester only.

     

    Audition dates and application submission deadlines:

    Saturday, October 24 --> Applications Due: October 3

    Saturday, November 14 --> Applications Due: October 24

    Saturday, February 6 --> Applications Due: January 16

    Saturday, March 6 --> Applications Due: February 15

     

    • Required Uploads
      • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. Pi Kappa Lambda), and any work/volunteer experience. 
      • A pre-screen video(s) (uploaded to the Media tab). Pre-screen video requirements can be found on the Audition Requirements link (see step 3).

     

    We will provide results of your pre-screening as soon as possible via Acceptd. Approved applicants will be invited to audition live on the date selected.

     

    Select your music based on the Audition Requirements for your voice part indicated in your application. If you have any questions about the Voice Performance program at Texas State University, contact Mr. Ron Ulen (ru11@txstate.edu).

  • Submit your online Audition request through Acceptd. Your application is due three weeks prior to your selected audition date (see below). Live auditions are preferred; however, if auditioning in person is not possible due to geographic distance from campus (out-of-state/international), select Media Only as your audition date. Then, attach a recorded video audition of the materials required by your instrument (see step 3) to your Audition application – media tab. Applications are for students to begin in a fall or spring semester only.

     

    Audition dates and application submission deadlines:

    Saturday, October 24 --> Applications Due: October 3

    Saturday, November 14 --> Applications Due: October 24

    Saturday, February 6 --> Applications Due: January 16

    Saturday, March 6 --> Applications Due: February 15

     

    • Required Uploads
      • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. Pi Kappa Lambda), and any work/volunteer experience. 

     

    Select your music based on the Audition Requirements for the instrument indicated in your application. Faculty contact information for questions or clarification are located on the Audition Requirements page.

  • Submit your online Audition request through Acceptd. Your application is due three weeks prior to your selected audition date (see below). Live auditions are preferred; however, if auditioning in person is not possible due to geographic distance from campus (out-of-state/international), select Media Only as your audition date. Then, attach a recorded video audition of the materials required by your instrument (see step 3) to your Audition application – media tab. Applications are for students to begin in a fall or spring semester only.

     

    Audition dates and application submission deadlines:

    Saturday, October 24 --> Applications Due: October 3

    Saturday, November 14 --> Applications Due: October 24

    Saturday, February 6 --> Applications Due: January 16

    Saturday, March 6 --> Applications Due: February 15

     

    • Required Uploads
      • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. Pi Kappa Lambda), and any work/volunteer experience. 

     

    Select your music based on the Audition Requirements for the instrument indicated in your application. Faculty contact information for questions or clarification is located on the Audition Requirements page.


MM - Music, all Performance concentrations Audition Day Information

  • 8am: Check-in begins
  • 8:15am: Student guides lead tours to the Performing Arts Center.
    • Tours will leave from the School of Music lobby every 30 minutes.
  • 9:15am: Auditions and Interviews begin with the Graduate or area coordintor.

Complete the performance audition and interview for studio/degree plan consideration. Applicants auditioning for Fall 2021 acceptance will be considered for School of Music scholarships and assistantships at the same time (no additional application/procedure is required).


What to expect after your Audition

  • Acceptance to the School of Music is contingent upon admission to the Graduate College. NOTE: If you have not submitted all documents to the Graduate College, audition results will be delayed. After the audition or portfolio review has been completed in the School of Music and Graduate College materials have been submitted, a grade point average (GPA) will be calculated. The School of Music will then make an admission recommendation to the Graduate Dean with whom the final decision rests.
  • After an admission decision has been made, applicants will receive email notification from the Graduate College at the email address provided on your Graduate Application. For additional information regarding application status, please see the following link on the Graduate College website: http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/admissions/policy.html#decision. If accepted, please email Dr. Al Corley, ac44@txstate.edu, to confirm attendance plans and arrange an advising session. Students accepted in the program will be cleared to register upon notification.
  • Music scholarship and/or graduate assistant offers will be sent via the Acceptd messaging tab as soon as individual areas make decisions and no later than the end of March. Be sure the message alerts in Acceptd are turned on in order to receive notification of a message.
    • Note: If you accept a music scholarship offer from another institution prior to April 15 and decide to accept a music scholarship offer from TXST instead, you must notify the original institution prior to April 15. Failure to do so will void the TXST offer
    • Graduate Assistant positions are awarded separately from scholarships. Applicants awarded assistantships will receive a separate letter providing details of the position and instructions for accepting the award.

As prescribed by the National Association of Schools of Music, your declaration of intent to attend once accepted as a graduate music major and any acceptance of a scholarship/assistantship are not binding before April 15. After April 15, written approval is required to release you from your signed commitment to Texas State to attend elsewhere.


Graduate Music Coordinator

Dr. Alton Corley

Phone: 512.245.7387

Email: ac44@txstate.edu

 

Recruitment/Auditions Coordinator

Krystyn Jensen

Phone: 512.245.7928

Email: musicauditions@txstate.edu